Woman climber Tsang Yin Hung sets world record for fastest Everest climb

Eak Raj Bastola

May 23, 2021


Woman climber Tsang Yin Hung sets world record for fastest Everest climb

Phurba Tenjing Sherpa with Tsang Yin Hung

KATHMANDU: Tsang Yin Hung aka Ada from Hong Kong has set the new world record to become the fastest woman climber on Mt Everest.

She started her ascend at 1:20 pm on Saturday and reached the Summit at 3:10 pm Sunday afternoon.

She reached the top in 25 hours 50 minutes. With this, she has broken the world record for speed climbing by any woman, expedition company Dreamers Destination Treks, and Expedition Pvt. Ltd said.

Earlier, Phunjo Jhangmu Lama (Nepal) kept the record after completing the climb in 39 hours 6 minutes. She left basecamp at 3.20 pm on 15 May 2018 and reached the top at 6.26 am on 17 May.

Before this, Hung had attempted to climb the summit on May 12. However, due to high-speed wind and continuous snow, she had to return from 8,750-meter.

Phurba Tenjing Sherpa (Team Leader), Pemba Dorjee Sherpa (Sardar), Phurba Thiley Sherpa (Main summit guide), Mingma Nuru Sherpa, Padam Tamang, and Nima Gyalzen Sherpa accompanied Hong Kong’s Hung to the peak.

Earlier, she scaled Mt Everest on 21 May 2017 for the first time. Before she made her third attempt, she had successfully climbed China’ Muztag Peak (7546 m) in July 2016.

When she was on the summit, she remembered her students, who had encouraged her giving the challenge to climb Mt Everest and her family. Hung’s mother also encouraged her saying, “When you are unable to fulfill your dream, you cannot move to the next level”.

She was so exultant to fulfill her dream after surviving the earthquake in Everest. After climbing Mt Everest she was fascinated with the mountains and again summited Mt Everest on May 22, 2019.

In between 2011-2019, she has climbed 5000 to 6000-m peaks more than 20 times.

Sharing the reason to climb mountains she said to Khabarhub, “To me, the Sherpas are more than teachers, they are brothers, friends, family, and life saviors. I climb the mountains in Nepal to meet and remain in touch with them.”

She feels that mountains give refreshment and positive thought along with keeping a person humble and blessed. “People used to say you are so strong, but I never thought I am so strong,” she said, “Mountains are so strong”.

In her opinion, one cannot battle and challenge the mountains. The only thing one has to take care of is ensuring that in the mountains, the natural phenomenon should be favorable to the climber.

“You can see my experiences,” she adds, “two times I failed due to unavoidable circumstances.”

She said, “Speed climb is not for the record, it is for self-satisfaction.”